Jesse's Surgery Survival Fund
On November 23rd, I was attacked. It only lasted a minute, but in that short time, my attacker was able to take a lot from me. He tried to stop me from expressing myself freely. He took my sense of security in the neighborhood I’ve called home for so long. And he took my ability to earn a living as a stylist. I couldn’t have known that the guy who said I was “dressed like a faggot” at the bar that night could do so much damage so quickly.
Walking home around midnight with a friend, crossing the street from my house, this man from the bar attacked me from behind. Before I had a chance to react, he punched me, and I fell to the ground. He continued attacking me while my friend was trying to pull him off of me. It wasn’t until multiple people came out from the bar across the street to pull him off that the attack finally ended.
Soon after the attack, I went to urgent care at Kasier in Pasadena. I had bruises all over my body, a lacerated lip and a broken right clavicle bone. On December 8thsurgeons open up my shoulder and try to suture my clavicle back together, helping the bone to heal correctly.
Now that I am out of work (and the medical bills and living expenses have begun to grow), I am asking you to help keep him from taking anything else – especially my mental health, apartment and business.
Your money will be used to help cover my mental health counseling, medical and surgery bills. While I am out of work and unable to cut hair for the next three months, I will also need money to cover my daily living expenses. I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received already from family and friends, and your donation will go a long way in helping me heal.
I know that I got away lucky and a lot of LGBT people aren’t as fortunate. Once fully recovered, I pledge to continue volunteering my time with LGBT non-profit organizations to try to prevent this sort of violence from happening to anyone else. Thanks for your support, time and love.
Note: Any money I don't use after the three-month recovery period, I will donate to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Hello Jesse, I am so sorry to hear this happened in our community. I saw your information on Beautiful Altadena FB page. I wanted to offer some information in case you do not know. If you have a police report you are eligible for Victims of Crime compensation. This is a program in California for any victim of crime. You are eligible for free mental health counseling with a private practice therapist and they can help cover medical expenses. it would not cover all your costs but it could help with some such as mental health counseling so any funds raised can be used for daily living expenses. http://vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/ Am enraged this type of hate crime occurred. Sending healing.
Congrats on reaching your goal! Just making sure that this was reported to the Southern Poverty Law Center, as they are keeping track of hate crimes. https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate
Wishing you a speedy recovery!!
I emailed Laurie. ❤️